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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes

I Am Celebrating Today :)

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Well, you have to stay pleased about the small gifts that come your way, right? I went for my ill-fated colonscopy yesterday after the typical three month waitlist and two day purge (much less nasty than 15 years ago when I had my last one). It went poorly in the sense that it could not be completed because there are too many diverticular growths blocking the colon to see all the way. That also made it quite painful and I was vomiting several hours afterwards. So now he wants to do a CT colon scan and of course I am allergic to dyes if contrast is to be used. As well, I have stage 3 kidney disease so the purging process possibly should not have been ordered in the first place for yesterday's scope and now will have to be repeated for the scan. I cannot believe how little info we are given by doctors and how we are expected to accept their directives without question! Thank Heavens for the internet! Most docs seem to hate it....

Anyway, part of the good news is that I called his office and refused to go for more tests until I have some of my concerns addressed. I have never questioned a surgeon on his judgment before but should have many times in hindsight. I feel proud :D.

But the BEST part of the good news is that I went right back on the gluten free diet last night and went out to a restaurant with a gluten free menu. You know eating after a 2 day fast is great and I expected it to be, especially now my appetite is coming back (3 weeks now gluten free). I have felt sick no matter what I ate for months and months.

Guess what the restaurant had? Gluten free pasta with baked cheese all over it!! I felt I had died and gone to Heaven. It was so wonderful and I slept better than in months and feel great today. I even went to the store next to the restaurant and loaded up on some gluten free itemslike pancake mix and cookies to try as I have been scared until now. Ate the leftover pasta for breakfast and all is still well. I am having a sunny moment lol.

Hope you all have a good day.

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I am so pleased for you "having a sunny moment" :) and I have to say.......... your post just made my day!

I just had a similar discussion with another member about how we should never overlook the "little miracles" in our daily lives.

With all you are going through and what you have endured, you see the simple joy in a delicious meal ---and you feel well on top of it!

Good for you!! Thanks so much for sharing your sunny moment with us.

Best wishes to you.

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Ate the leftover pasta for breakfast and all is still well.

You had left-overs? B)

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LOL, ty for your replies. I could not eat all of it last night! My tummy had shrunk!!

Now I am back to having fears about eating anything else but hit another gluten free store today and found so many good things!! I am definitely a convert.... watch me go now, folks! Pancake mix, cookies, pasta, crackers....and GUM DROPS!!! What else is important in life anyway lol?? I bought berries and melon that I love but would never buy out of season!! TY guys for all your info and input. Where were you 30 years ago??

Even better news, The surgeon phoned me and said a gluten free diet is good because all he can do really for me, malignancy or not, re the garbage in my colon, is to chop it all out and I WILL not do that!! Wish me luck!! Also, he said, if it (the diet) is not working for me as I'd hoped, I do not have to sit on a W/L for many months to deal with it further. Warned me that the prep for my kidney issues is even more aversive as is the procedure itself for someone like me with all my issues to have a colon virtual scan. Soooooo...I choose not to. I will deal with it. Np.

I now have cookies, crackers, cheeses and many many other gluten free foods now :). I had fun shopping! I have few needs lol I guess.


Ps I have now lost about 17 pounds....Maybe it is not a good way but better from my perspective..... have also dropped 2 of my 15 pills a day as they are not guaranteed gluten-free.

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Welcome to the forum Jan! :)

Gluten-free goodies are fun, but they do tend to pack more calories than their regular gluteny counterparts. So don't go over board on them to start with if you are concerned about your weight going up. Sometimes people are concerned about not gaining enough weight. I put in a few tips below and the bottom link is for a microwave bun recipe. Darn things take all of 90 seconds to make in the nuker. I used to cut them in half and toast them on the gas stove top as they were to thick for the toaster.

Some starting the gluten-free diet tips for the first 6 months:

Get tested before starting the gluten-free diet.

Get your vitamin/mineral levels tested also.

Don't eat in restaurants

Eat only whole foods not processed foods.

Eat only food you cook yourself, think simple foods, not gourmet meals.

Take probiotics.

Take gluten-free vitamins.

Take digestive enzymes.

Avoid dairy.

Avoid sugars and starchy foods.

Avoid alcohol.

Helpful threads:

FAQ Celiac com


Newbie Info 101


What's For Breakfast Today?


Easy yummy bread in minutes


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You ARE so sweet, GFin DC and I sure liked your subject line..... TY for it all.

My (D?) H is a twit so...may lose some threads here. He is a type I diabetic with dementia, major pre-eminent needs always, and considerable antipathy towards me, and maybe towards my own food issues...:( It is hard for me ro take charge of this dietary stuff. BUT, today was a good day.


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You are such an inspiration, Jan, with your sunny moment, your sunny attitude, your sunny personality and outlook on life. I am glad you had a good day!

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I came back to say some more about the gluten-free goodies, but I see Gee Eff in Dee Cee has already graciously provided his super-duper post for newbies -and I love him for it.

Saves me a bunch of typing and it covers all the bases! Thanks, Gee Eff!.

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Oops, sorry Jan, that should have said 90 second not 9 seconds for the microwave buns, so corrected!

Sorry about H being a pain. Some celiacs go entirely grain free and find they get along better that way. I tried it myself for a while but it didn't make any difference to me. But some diabetics follow the gluten-free diet also, and do a very low carb version similar to grain-free. I use Mission brand corn tortillas some for wraps. There is also a brand of bread called Paleo now, that is available in very low carb versions like almond flour. It is pricey though. There are rice wraps you can get also, Udi's makes some. They work better if you steam them a little before folding.

Really I don't use bread much anymore. Meats, eggs, veggies and nuts and fruits are most of my diet. I do drink tea and use some stevia or other no calorie sweetner in it. Seems like a I red something about coconut being good for dementia. Well, seems it is still not resolved whether it helps or not.

Well, maybe Paleo or grain free would work well for both of you?

Hey IH,

Thanks, we seem to think alike sometimes. Scary huh? :D

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